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What is “Information Technology for Society”?

Technology can be a powerful tool that can be harnessed to efficiently and effectively provide resources to those who need them. In recent years, the technology boom has provided ways to help communities plagued by unemployment, deliver life-saving and life-improving services to communities in previously out of reach areas, and enable all children to benefit from high-quality instruction and instructional materials. As technology spreads globally, the opportunity to use technology as a mechanism to solve pressing social problems grows.

The Challenge

The challenge for this category is to describe an innovation project that would demonstrate the capacity of IT to help address a major societal challenge. The goal of this category is to stimulate new thinking on a broad range of social benefits of information technology in areas such as: open data, health, education and life-long learning, democratic governance, response to natural and man-made disasters, transportation, delivery of government services, quality of life for people with disabilities, economic opportunity for low-income communities, arts and culture, and the effectiveness of non-profit organizations.

Category Specific Rules

At least one member of the team must be a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student from one of the following campuses:

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

 

 

Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. For additional information about general contest rules, timing, and how to apply, please refer to the Contest Application Requirements.

In addition to submitting a pre-proposal and full-proposal, if a team is selected as a finalist, at least one member of that team must attend the IT for Society Poster Session in April 2017 (exact date TBD), where esteemed judges from this category will have an additional opportunity to evaluate your project idea and provide real-time feedback on suggestions to improve.

Past Winners

BCAPI

BCAPI

Lifenik (UC Berkeley)

Lifenik (UC Berkeley)

Smart Diaphragm (UC Berkeley)

Smart Diaphragm (UC Berkeley)

Aqua Power: Feed Forward to a Secure Water Future (UC Berkeley)

Aqua Power: Feed Forward to a Secure Water Future (UC Berkeley)

OhMyCause! (UC Berkeley)

OhMyCause! (UC Berkeley)

Piezoelectric Shoe Sole GPS Tracker (UC Berkeley)

Piezoelectric Shoe Sole GPS Tracker (UC Berkeley)

More Winners

Sponsor

citris-banatao_logos-primary-web-1024x492CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
CITRIS conducts research on problems that have a major impact on our economy and quality of life: conserving energy; education; saving lives, property, and productivity in the wake of disasters; boosting transportation efficiency; advancing diagnosis and treatment of disease; and expanding business growth through much richer personalized information services. More than 400 faculty members in engineering, science, social science, law, information management, health care, and other disciplines at four UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, Merced) are collaborating with researchers at more than 60 supporting companies on CITRIS research.

ucdavis-medcenterUC Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center serves a 65,000-square-mile area that includes 33 counties and 6 million residents across Northern and Central California. The 627-bed acute-care teaching hospital maintains an annual budget of roughly $1.7 billion. UC Davis admits more than 40,000 patients per year and handles nearly 1 million visits. The medical center’s emergency room sees more than 210 patients per day on average. Its health system makes an extraordinary commitment to providing safe, high-quality care, and we are routinely measured against strict standards. We perform well in evaluations and comparisons by a wide variety of observers, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, industry groups and the news media.